Budget Travel magazine just announced their 2009 list of top 10 travel innovations that contribute to an “easier, more enjoyable and more affordable” travel experience. Drum roll please…
- Kayak.com: the discount travel site added new features, including “search sharing, a real-time map of available airfare and an iPhone application.”
- New York City: the Big Apple gets kudos for creating “new public spaces like making Times Square car-free and turning an abandoned railway into a walkway called the High Line.”
- Apple: the company continues to get recognition for the iPhone 3GS and its “built-in applications store for anything you might need on the road.”
- American Airlines: the “One-Way Flex Awards loyalty program…helps occasional travelers earn rewards.”
- JetBlue: it’s the little amenities, “like the Re:Vive bar kiosks at JFK airport,” that differentiates this popular airlines.
- Intrepid Travel: the adventure travel site is “carbon-offsetting all of its itineraries by early 2010.”
- Google: “Street View mapping feature for theme parks and trails” makes family vacations much easier to navigate through.
- Delta: customer service is friendly and stylin’ with the Red Coats, “agents dedicated to troubleshooting at a number of airports.”
- Hyatt: the ubiquitous hotel chain makes a habit of announcing “new surprise perks to new and loyal customers.”
- TripAdvisor: Nifty new tools such as “the Vacation Rental Calculator, the Top Values Tool, and the Fees Estimator” give travelers a leg up on savings.
Our one contribution to the list at #11 is…Boingo Wi-Fi for laptop and smartphone users! Our 2009 “innovations” include the addition of 16,000 hotspots (for a total of 130,000+ locations globally) as well as support for the hottest new smartphones such as the iPhone 3GS, Android MyTouch 3G, and Nokia N97. Boingo Wi-Fi helps travelers get online to check their itinerary on TripAdvisor or to email photos to family. We make your travel experience easier, more enjoyable, and more affordable. Find a Boingo hotspot just about everywhere.
Read the entire USA Today article here.